FUN and EASY DIY OBSTACLE COURSES FOR KIDS

Obstacle courses are a great way to keep kids engaged and burn off some extra energy while getting the physical activity they need.  They are one of the most simplistic exercise programs to put together with little to no real exercise equipment, which make them the perfect choice for a DIY fitness program.  Even kids can contribute to the fun of making the obstacles and you can mix it up with new patterns to keep it interesting!  As always, drink lots of water before, during and after your workout!

 

INDOOR OPTION –

Using Painter’s Tape (easy to remove from all surfaces), you can map out obstacles throughout your house. 

Some ideas for exercises –

  • lines on the floor to jump over
  • lines to balance walk on (get creative and make them zig-zag and curve too)
  • foot spots to stop and do squats
  • hands and feet to do push-ups
  • arrows to run up the stairs
  • arrows to run, skip, or hop
  • arrows to climb over furniture
  • lines for bear crawls
  • lines for Army crawls
  • lines for walking lunges
  • spots for dancing
  • spots for reaching
  • hop scotch
  • spots for jumping jacks
  • spots for mountain climbers
  • If you have some wastepaper baskets or play basketball hoops, you can add some “Hoop” throwing

Make sure to do a proper warm-up before starting the course and stretching when complete.  For an extra challenge, keep the same course and time each time through to try for “Personal Bests”. 

 

OUTDOOR OPTION –

All you need is a driveway and/or sidewalk and chalk and you have all you need to make an obstacle course (no real obstacles needed).  This is another very versatile way to exercise and the kids will LOVE it! 

Some ideas for exercises –

  • lines on the ground to jump over
  • lines to balance walk on (get creative and make them zig-zag and curve too)
  • foot spots to stop and do squats
  • hands and fee to do push-ups
  • arrows to run, skip, or hop
  • lines for bear crawls
  • spots for dancing
  • spots for reaching
  • hop scotch
  • spots to stop and squat jump
  • arrows to do walking lunges
  • spots for jumping jacks

Make sure to do a proper warm-up before starting the course and stretching when complete.  For an extra challenge, keep the same course and time each time through to try for “Personal Bests”.  Another great idea for this one is to create different obstacle courses at different houses on your street or in your neighborhood and let the kids do a circuit through each one!  Fun and you can keep your social distance!!

 

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